What Others Are Saying

“I first encountered Jeanette Leardi’s writing on Dr. Bill Thomas’s ChangingAging.org website, where I was struck by her insight into aging in America and the urgent need to construct a more nuanced, positive, and accurate narrative for all generations. She combines laser-sharp social analysis with an accessible voice, a rare skill that makes her voice an important one in the emerging social movement to end ageism. Her gift for creating original metaphors and paradigms is especially notable, and I envy it. I look forward to reading what Jeanette writes in the future, as I know it will be smart, passionate, and instructive.”

“In addition, I recently had opportunity to co-facilitate two conference workshops with Jeanette Leardi on ways to recognize and disrupt ageism. From designing the content to leading the actual workshop, it was a terrific experience. Jeanette was a natural at encouraging everyone in the room to participate and inviting them to envision aging as a positive, natural life process. We worked smoothly as a team, bouncing ideas off each other and provoking a lively and instructive discussion. I’d happily work with her again, in any kind of setting, and heartily recommend her to any organization or business in search of an exceptionally smart and competent speaker or trainer.”

Ashton Applewhite
Principal at This Chair Rocks

“Jeanette has presented twice to our volunteer program, and her sessions have been enthusiastically welcomed and appreciated by our volunteers. She helps our volunteers identify their own amazing capacity, creativity, and resilience –– essential for the work they do with children. She has the ability to take challenging or abstract concepts and make them understandable and applicable, always with respect for her audience. Jeanette’s presentation style is engaging, natural, and confident. I know that my volunteers will leave her trainings feeling inspired, informed, and more assured of their own abilities. I highly, highly recommend Jeanette to any volunteer or professional organization!”

Jessica McLaren
Program Coordinator, AARP Experience Corps, Metropolitan Family Service

“I had the opportunity to attend a presentation (‘In Other Words: Transforming the Language of Ageism’) by Jeanette Leardi recently. During the presentation, Jeanette did a beautiful job of raising awareness among attendees and providing concrete examples. I walked away with new ideas and information to share with my colleagues.”

Kirsten Jacobs
Associate Director, Dementia and Wellness Education at LeadingAge

“Jeanette’s Leardi’s presentation on Brain Fitness was excellent. It has been over a week and the residents are still talking about how much they enjoyed it. The presentation was both educational and inspiring. We were so glad to hear some good news about our brain health and to learn that so many of the things we thought about our brain were myths. I will definitely have her back again and again!”

Jessica W. Bourque
Director of Community Enrichment, Sharon Towers

“Jeanette Leardi delivers an outstanding and engaging educational lecture [“What’s Age Got to Do with It? Busting the Myths About Getting Older”], helping shed new light on age-old myths about growing up in our later years. She awakens a better understanding of ageism, the realities of aging, and promotes the many assets we gain in our later years. Anyone who wants a deeper and more connected understanding of aging should attend her lecture.”

Christopher Eng
Vice President of Marketing, Milo

“Jeanette is gifted writer and story teller and one of our most highly valued contributors to ChangingAging.org. She never misses a deadline and always delivers print-ready content of the highest caliber. She is always highly attuned to our audience’s interests and consistently produces content that furthers ChangingAging’s social mission. She is a terrific collaborator that any company would be fortunate to work with.”

Kavan Peterson
Editor of ChangingAging.org

“Looking for a multi-talented speaker, author, and teacher? Jeanette Leardi fits the bill. I had the opportunity to co-teach with her a class on Creative Aging and the Brain. She condensed a much longer presentation to fit the time frame and succeeded in teaching some of the latest research findings on aging and the brain. She was a master at creating and presenting PowerPoint slides and her attention to detail was astounding; she came to the venue a week early to ensure that the AV equipment would work properly on the day of her class. Her presentation engaged the audience, caused people to think, and succeeded in “busting” many of the myths and negative stereotypes about aging. Jeanette is a pleasure to work with. She listens carefully to the parameters of any project or presentation in which she is involved. She is easygoing and smart. I recommend her to you without reservation.”

Katherine Foldes, J.D.

“As someone who has experienced Jeanette Leardi’s instructional approach at a recent AARP conference, I can state that she is a thoroughly engaging teacher with the remarkable ability to assess and address her clients’ needs. Her professional skills as a researcher and instructor allow her to create informative and entertaining workshops that result in meaningful educational experiences for the participants. My coworkers and I not only learned a great deal from her presentation, but we also used what we learned to help guide our planning discussions concerning future needs. I highly recommend Ms. Leardi for any organization or business seeking to benefit from her extensive knowledge and interests.”

Thomas Goodwin
Project Director
AARP Foundation

 

“Jeanette Leardi is an exceptional instructor who inspires her audience and helps them embrace new opportunities to learn, grow, and develop. Over the course of four sessions, she led our Ethical Wills course and guided participants to articulate lessons learned in life and values to hand down to our children, grandchildren, and other loved ones. Her facilitation is warm, engaging, thought-provoking, and positive. Her presentations are clear, consistent, and enthusiastic. Jeanette is passionate about lifelong learning. That passion transcends all of her work and inspires us to live our lives as an expression of our values. Thank you, Jeanette!”

Steve Higgs
Executive Director
Senior Advocates for Generational Equity

 

“Jeanette provided a very stimulating and insightful workshop to the AARP Foundation’s Virtual Job Coach Volunteers at our national conference. Her knowledge and presentation style were creative and provided the audience with a wealth of information.”

Jeff Foley
National Program Coordinator – Volunteers
AARP Foundation

 

“I have the highest regard for Ms. Jeanette Leardi as a passionate advocate for older adults, as well as a meticulous researcher and community educator on aging issues. Jeanette is a superb writer and editor. Her newspaper pieces directed at the general public are well informed. I have purchased children’s books she has authored as gifts to my grandchildren. She has also edited some of my writings for publication. Jeanette has earned a certificate in gerontology, which, combined with the already highly developed skills as a teacher, researcher, and writer, would allow her to do meaningful work to improve the lives of older adults. I am confident that she can accomplish her professional goals through effective teaching, thorough research, and tireless advocacy.”

Yung-Ping (Bing) Chen, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Frank J. Manning Eminent Scholar’s Chair in Gerontology
Fellow, Gerontology Institute
University of Massachusetts Boston

 

“As the editor in chief of Sesame Street Magazine, a major children’s consumer monthly periodical, as well as editorial director of high-circulation special-interest publications at Sesame Workshop, I had the privilege, for more than 20 years, to work with — and learn from — Jeanette Leardi in her capacity as line editor, writer, and copy editor extraordinaire. She is a dedicated professional whose additional talents for project management contributed to an improvement in our workflow. Jeanette’s overview and understanding of the relationship between art and editorial are also key to the work she accomplishes. Her teamwork and good cheer are welcome, especially when dealing with tight deadlines. Jeanette Leardi’s attention to the big picture as well as detail and style saved us thousands of dollars in costly production errors over the years, as well as helped maintained Sesame Workshop’s standard for excellence.”

Rebecca Herman
Former VP/Editor in Chief
Sesame Workshop Publications

 

“Jeanette is a multi-talented editor and writer. While I was the managing editor of Sesame Street Parents’ Guide magazine, Jeanette served as our copy editor, with a scrupulous eye for detail and consistency. She was always accurate and very deadline conscious, even as the magazine’s pages and workload tripled (and as she managed copy editor duties on other magazines as well). Jeanette also reported and wrote an ongoing health column called “Body Basics” for the magazine, for which she gathered children’s health information from a variety of experts and then wrote articles in a down-to-earth, accessible style for busy moms. All in all, I found Jeanette to be a top professional and a creative team player on a very small staff where everyone needed to wear many hats.”

Laura Kelly
Editorial Project Director

 

“Jeanette is a creative and conscientious writer of educational materials. I worked with her on an ELL (English Language Learner) project, and her work was excellent.”

Ellen Todras
Freelance Writer, Editor, and Project Director

 

“I was always grateful to have a piece of writing from Jeanette. I knew it would be well-written, thoughtful, fair. I also knew it would need no copyediting, since she is a tip-top copy editor herself.”

Sam Hodges
Reporter
Dallas Morning News